bio2eco ecology




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, we will study environmental factors and their effects on organisms; key topics are: evolution and adaptation, properties of populations as well as interactions between organisms, including competition and predator-prey relationships. These concepts will be further illustrated with recently published research work in ecology and relevant video programs. The practical component will re-enforce some of the lecture material and introduce a number of ecological techniques. In addition, practicals will be used to illustrate the diversity of organisms in freshwater, terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSabine Wilkens

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites OED1RAL or BIO1CO or approval of Subject Coordinator.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEcology: An Australian Perspective (2nd edn)PrescribedAttiwill,P. & Wilson, B.(2006)MELBOURNE: OXFORD

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Elaborate on and illustrate the common principles that govern marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems and interpret a number of important differences between these systems.

Discussed in lectures and by watching topical documentaries, and practiced in lab/field classes

02. Analyse the processes and interactions in freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems (including nutrient cycling, energy flow, biodiversity, population dynamics, inter- and intra-specific interactions, zonation, succession and invasions) and relate them to evolutionary theory.

Discussed in lectures and watching topical documentaries, and practiced in lab/field classes

03. Use controlled experiments to investigate some of these processes and interactions in terrestrial, marine and freshwater ecosystems, and report on these using standard scientific report format.

Practised in practicals.

04. Show awareness of research in the field of ecology by giving a presentation of a recently published paper and respond to fellow students presentations.

Introduced in lectures and associated reading material. Students also need to study a recent publications and preparation session for oral presentation.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2019, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSabine Wilkens

Class requirements

PracticalWeek: 10 - 22
Six 3.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
One 2-hour end of semester exam, (2,000-words equiv.)5001, 02, 03, 04
Oral presentation (5-10 mins + 5 mins discussion) (total 500-words equivalent)1004
Poster (300-words equivalent)1002, 03
Four written practical reports (400-words each)3001, 02, 03